Written August 25, 2016
Quintisential Wagner, but did not care for the costuming, however I understand the econmics
Written May 25, 2016
Ah ha! I finally "get" François Girard's final interpretive thrust for this rendition :
Parsifal's words (paraphrase): "The Holy Blood on the spear longs to join the Holy Blood in the Grail cup.
The action: Parsifal inserts the spear tip into the Grail cup, upheld by Kundry, who, on a musical accent (also reflected in a spear movement by Parsifal), will suddenly begin her expiration ritual, leading to a gentle death, while meanwhile, the shadowy ensemble of women who have been ever-pesent but separate from the men, move as individuals to members of the opposite sex, and they all join hands as couples.
My sudden grasp of Girard's interpretation: My goodness! We've got some good ol' Dan Brown going here (Da Vinci Code). The phallic spear and the vaginal cup. All that alternative Gospel of Thomas stuff (Christ married and parental, etc.) and a union of opposites into a perfectly balanced whole (Yin & Yang), represented through the sexual symbolism of the objects at hand.
Written November 30, 2014
Okay, it's five and half hours long, but it just flew by! The cast is wonderful, the performances are spectacular, and the staging is marvelous. The Metropolitan Opera HD Live is one of the great opera marketing ideas of this generation. And the cast interviews backstage are enough to warm an opera fan's heart.
Written May 02, 2016
Left after the first act. The slowest moving and non universal storyline bored me. Couldn't wait to leave the theater. Very poor sound quality over the Burlington AMC sound system. However, I'm a great fan of the MET's "Ring" and other productions.
Written July 25, 2016
It's long. It's slow. It's also gorgeous. It creates a mystical mood and if you slow down and go with it you will have an exceptional experience. If you don't, leave after Act 1.